It has been a fairly successful week on the Spey, considering it is only the sixth week of the season and barely halfway through March. Last week was as forecast and Friday morning was mainly overcast obscuring the partial eclipse, although we did see it for a few seconds at Rothes. This week’s forecast is warm with a little sunshine on Monday, but getting cooler as the week progresses with some rain on Thursday and Friday. Following the eclipse the tides have peaked and there will be no new water all week. Before I move on to describe this weeks catches I would just like to say how disappointed I am that my weekly reports are being plagiarized by someone else writing a weekly report later in the week, although it might not always be obvious I do spend a bit of time trying to find out what is happening on the river and try to make my reports interesting rather than just a list of who caught how many, and where!
Catches: From what I can gather, there have been fish caught from on most beats from Fochabers to Grantown on Spey. Gordon Castle beats had at least five with Beats 2 and 3 being the most productive. I understand fish were caught from Orton but have no details. As usual Mark Melville at Delfur was good enough to send me a photograph, this time John Grant and the first of the season from Beaufort.
The Gordon Group have finished their early season let at Rothes and finished the let with just one short from last years total. I was pleased to receive these photographs from some of the members.
There was a new party this season at Arndilly and I was invited to eat with them on Friday night, they were very impressed with beat and especially with the gillies. John Veitch kindly sent me a picture of his fish from Jock’s Tail.
The beat below Craigellachie started the week well with two landed and at least two more lost on Monday but I have heard no more news. Craigellachie had another fish on Saturday.
Aberlour Angling Association is continuing to catch fish with at least 2 landed on Saturday.
Wester Elchies though still lightly fished managed four this week. Sam Bremner sent me the picture of Mungo Ingleby’s salmon from last week.
I was particularly pleased to hear from Steve Brand head gillie at Ballindalloch, Steve was keen to tell me about two large fish that his guests had caught this week. On Tuesday Mr Baxter had this 23lb cock fish from Aeyon and then on Wednesday Mr G Pincent had a 17lb salmon from Craigroy on the Pitcroy Beat. Both were caught on a Black and Yellow tube fly.
It was gillies week on the estate above the Avon and I hear some fish were caught, but again no details were forth coming.
I received a couple of pictures from Castle Grant where local angler Bobby Hall had two fish from Beat 1 and Beat 2.
Grantown also had a second fish, this time local angler Cosimo Imperiale, landed a nice 12 lbs fish from the Long Pool. Photogragh attached.